Raw, bluesy, groovy and authentic. These are the characteristics behind the unique blend of Blues/Rock that Beauwater strives to deliver with every performance. Based in St. John’s, NL, the trio has been a staple of the Newfoundland music scene since their debut in 2008, earning the 2017 ECMA Blues Recording of the Year Award, and a career total of 5 MusicNL Award Nominations for their two full-length studio albums. Whether in studio or on stage, the band has dedicated their career to crafting a sound that incorporates a myriad of influences, but still remains unmistakably their own.
Born out of the infamous St. John’s fog, the group came together when singer/guitarist Jonathon Reid was delayed in flying back to his job in the Alberta oilsands. After seeking out lifelong friend and former bandmate, bassist Greg Newhook, the two met up with drummer Michael Maddox, who Greg had recently worked with on another project, and the trio instantly hit it off. Having a mutual interest in acts such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and the Black Keys, the group quickly found themselves following the blues/rock trail, and some early original music began coming together. In early 2010, the group headed to the studio to begin work on their first album, Movin’ On. The progress was slow, but in March of 2011, the album dropped, earning a total of three MusicNL Award nominations that year, and propelling the band into the local spotlight. Over the next four years, the trio worked the local scene, opening for acts such as Our Lady Peace, Third Eye Blind, Hey Rosetta and the Trews, all while building a database of new original material. In early 2015, the group hooked up with Producer Chris Kirby to begin pre-production for their second studio album. ‘Lovers, Fools and Kings’ was released in August of 2016 and went on to earn two MusicNL Award nominations and an ECMA win for Blues Recording of the Year. The lead single, Better Off, became an instant hit across NL radio stations, bringing the group’s profile to the regional level and beyond. Now, in 2017, the trio have focused on continuing their expansion across Canada, while working on an expansive portfolio of new original music.